GEORGE TOWN: Another Hindu temple has been desecrated, this time it’s the Dewa Sri Mathuraiveeran Temple in Kampung Sungai Nibong Kecil in Bayan Baru.
A statue of the deity Mathuraiveeran (warrior god) was smashed while a copper figure of Amman (goddess of Shakti) was stolen.
Temple committee chairman Kumar Ayahoo said a priest discovered the damage and theft at about 10pm on Saturday.
“This is shocking. It’s the first time such a thing has happened here since the temple was built 15 years ago,” he said, adding that a report was made at the Bayan Baru police station yesterday.
The temple is on squatter land, which has been earmarked for a housing and commercial development project.
“Early last month, my house beside the temple was burnt down while my family and I were outstation,” said Kumar.
Penang Island city councillor A. Kumaresan, who visited the site, urged police to take stern action against the culprits.
“It’s most unfortunate because many devotees in the area throng the temple every day,” he said.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said police have started an investigation.
This is the third time a Hindu temple in Penang has been vandalised; the others were Sri Dharma Muniswarar Temple and Muthu Mariamman Temple in Seberang Prai, last month.
In April, statues at the Sri Muneswarar Amman Temple in Ipoh were found smashed.